Athletics and Business Intertwine to Show Life Lessons: Thoughts from an Athlete Parent
Be Present. I remember back when my daughter started playing lacrosse she was a walk on in high school and many of the girls she was playing with had many, many years of experience. One day she came to me and said, “Dad, the coach isn’t playing me. I’m just thinking of quitting.”
I thought for a moment and said, “Cait, during the games, are you present?”
“What does that mean,” she recounted.
“I mean, during the games, when you’re not playing, you’re ‘sitting’ on the bench, not involved, not engaged, not participating. I suggest that during the next game and throughout the rest of your lacrosse career, you stand on the sidelines, cheer for your team, encourage them, but you do it two steps to the side and one step back from the coach. He moves, you move. When he turns to look for someone to go in there, you’ll be there and he will have heard and seen you. You will have been present.”
In ensuing games, Cait’s playing time increased dramatically, and after a couple games, she was a starting defenseman and played the balance of her four years in high school and then into college as a starter on the varsity squad.
When at your office, whether you own your own business or work for someone, are you present? When you answer the phone, when you’re in a meeting are you prepared, focused and present “in the game”? When your people see that and when your people notice that as well, it’s that fact that shouts the loudest.
My friends, you are amazing! I encourage you to reflect on these words and to pay heed. Do your utmost to be eligible to be a part of the process, be coachable to learn, change, create, find a solid coach or mentor that can help you navigate the waters. Lastly, always be in the moment and be present, solidly focusing on the task at hand. Doing these things will greatly enrich you both personally and professionally.